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‘Saturday Night Live’ Cold Open: Will It Be ‘Deal Or No Deal’ On Government Shutdown? Trump Chooses

The partial government shutdown appears to be at a crossroads. So SNL decided it was Deal or No Deal to solve the problem in the Cold Open. Kenan Thompson (portraying host Steve Harvey) introduced Alec Baldwin (Donald Trump) to the game, noting, “We decided to do this in the only format you can understand – a TV game show with women holding briefcases.” So it was that a host of Washington contenders and pretenders held the secret suitcases, urging Trump to take their… Read


Donald Trump Laments Media’s “Lost Credibility” Over BuzzFeed Story Ahead Of Latest Border Wall Announcement

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On his way to Dover to oversee the arrival of four Americans killed this week in an ISIS attack in Syria and ahead of an announcement today about his proposed border wall and ongoing government shutdown, President Donald Trump weighed in on Thursday’s BuzzFeed News report that has captivated news media the past 36 hours. The report, published Thursday evening, quoted two law enforcement officials who said Trump directed his former attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress… Read


Leonard Klady Dies: Veteran Variety Film Critic Was 67

Veteran film critic Leonard Klady has died after a brief illness. Klady was a staff writer/critic/columnist for such publications as Variety, the Los Angeles Times, American Film and Entertainment Weekly. He was the box office reporter for for the last 18 years, a senior contributing editor of Screen International and a critic and columnist for Below the Line. Born in Canada, Klady was a founding member and first president of the film co-operative the… Read


Ava DuVernay To Host Day Of Racial Healing Event With Eva Longoria & Judd Apatow

Much of Hollywood will be locked in on the Oscar nominations Tuesday, but some A-listers will be focusing on a bigger picture late that day. One day after the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, Ava DuVernay's ARRAY will host a National Day of Racial Healing event to examine efforts to end discrimination and injustice. Centered at the Filipinotown campus the A Wrinkle in Time director opened for her collective last spring, the gathering will feature DuVernay, Judd Apatow… Read


Tribune Publishing And New York Post Make Top Executive Changes

Publishers were coming and going today at two major media outlets. Tribune Publishing Chief Executive Justin Dearborn stepped down after three years, the newspaper company announced Thursday. Chicago newspaper executive Tim Knight was named CEO. He was formerly president of the company and will also join the Tribune Publishing board. Board member David Dreier replaces Dearborn as Tribune Publishing chairman. Ross Levinsohn and Mickie Rosen, the CEO and president… Read


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Sets C-SPAN Record For Twitter Speech Video

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's first speech on the House floor has set a new C-SPAN Twitter record. "In just over 12 hours C-SPAN tweet of @RepAOC floor remarks last nite have become most-viewed twitter video by @cspan of any remarks by a member of House either party. 1.16M," said a tweet from Howard Mortman, the broadcaster's communications director. The record-holder for C-SPAN Twitter video in the Senate is held by Sen. Kamala Harris. The video shows her… Read


Sundance 2019: Tessa Thompson, Damien Chazelle & Laurie Anderson Among Jurors, ‘GLOW’s Marianna Palka To Host Awards

From Dear White People and Sorry to Bother You star Tessa Thompson, Oscar winning director Damien Chazelle, Palme d'Or winner and Top of the Lake director Jane Campion, there are a lot of Sundance alums named today as jurors for the 112-film festival kicking off next week. As well as who will decided the victors in the seven juried categories, another SFF veteran and GLOW actor Marianna Palka was revealed as the host of the February 2 awards ceremony in sure to be chilly… Read


Donald Trump Resigns, According To Fake Washington Post Newspaper

UPDATE: A chilly January morning in downtown Washington D.C. was made warmer when copies of a fantasy Washington Post hit the street, carrying the banner headline “UNPRESIDENTED.” Underneath was printed: “Trump Hastily Departs White House, Ending Crisis.” Actual Washington Post, owned by billionaire Jeff Bezos, has reacted: There are fake print editions of The Washington Post being distributed around downtown DC, and we are aware of a website attempting to mimic The… Read


Gannett Shares Soar On $1.4B Hostile Bid From Digital First Media


Digital First Media, a hedge fund-backed entity known for scooping up local newspapers and then aggressively cutting costs and jobs, has made an unsolicited $1.36 billion offer for Gannett. Shares in Gannett have soared 18% on the news, reaching $11.50 in morning trading. The management of Gannett indicated it will consider the offer at the board level, but the offer letter did not mince words, saying that Digital First believed that Gannett’s leadership has failed to… Read


Hollywood Steps Up For Parents As L.A. Teachers’ Strike Starts Today

EXCLUSIVE: Agencies, studios, networks and streamers across Hollywood will be playing school starting today as teachers in Los Angeles go on strike for the first time in 30 years. Across the nation's second largest school district, various plans are in place to offer "flexibility," as one agency exec expressed, for employees now facing a Monday with children not in school as picket lines went up at 7:30 AM this wet LA morning. "We have taken what I think are supportive… Read


Kylie Jenner Losing Her Instagram Record For “Most Likes” To An Egg

UPDATE:  The incredible, edible egg now has more than 20 million Instagram likes, blowing away the record previously held by Kylie Jenner. EARLIER: Move over, Kylie Jenner. There’s going to be a new Instagram champion for likes, and it’s not even human. A photo of an egg – yes, an egg – is set to top the previous Instagram record set by Jenner, who held the world record for the most-liked Instagram photo of all-time with her photo of her new daughter, Stormi… Read


Electronic Frontier Foundation Defends Boing Boing Article On Electric Scooter Mods

Electric scooter rental company Bird Rides has sent a letter to alternative news site Boing Boing, asking that they remove an article the company claims infringes on its rights. The scooters, which have swarmed Santa Monica and other cities across the country, can be used and then left in a public space. The scooters are then collected and returned to various locations for recharging. The scooters allegedly can’t be used without activation via an online app. The arti… Read